Germany and Bangladesh look back on more than 40 years of successful cooperation. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has around 260 national personnel and 18 seconded staff in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has achieved remarkable growth in recent decades and is now classified as lower middle income country by the World Bank. This was driven partly by a robust readymade garments sector, which accounts for about 90 per cent of the country’s exports. However, improving labour and social standards in this sector and reducing corruption and overcrowding in prisons are future challenges.
The country is also highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which is increasing the number of people migrating to towns and cities. The recent escalation in militant attacks targeting foreigners and minorities are also causes for concern.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other donors including the UK Government and Energising Development (EnDev), GIZ focuses on the following priority areas in Bangladesh:
- Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency;
- Good Governance, Rule of Law, Human Rights; and
- Adaptation to Climate Change in Urban Areas.
For example, GIZ is working with civil society and public and private sector stakeholders to develop strategies that will help people living in remote areas by improving access to safe and affordable drinking water, reducing indoor pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and making cooking safer.
It is also contributing to make the national and local criminal justice system transparent for all and reduce the number of under-trial prisoners and case backlogs, minimise recidivism and promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Through the global Climate Finance Readiness Programme, GIZ is assisting the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in building a climate-resilient nation. Moreover, it is supporting the Government in implementing the country’s climate change strategy and action plan in a transparent manner, using national and international funds.
In addition to the priority areas, GIZ is implementing projects which focus on health and biodiversity and resource protection. For example, it supports the improvement of sexual and reproductive health services, particularly for the urban poor and supporting the effective management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest.
GIZ is also operating on behalf of other clients such as international and multinational corporations. To date, projects have focused on improving social and environmental standards as well as health and safety in garment factories, and on promoting small and medium-sized enterprises.
In Bangladesh, GIZ is part of a regional programme that is improving compliance with labour and social standards in the Asian textile and garments sector and a global programme designed to strengthen the private sector’s capacity for climate change adaptation.
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Governance and democracy
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